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Born in Tenby, Pembrokeshire, Wales, UK
Died in London, England, UK
Birth NameKenneth Griffiths
Height 5' 8" (1.73 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Kenneth Griffith was born on October 12, 1921 in Tenby, Pembrokeshire, Wales as Kenneth Griffiths. He is known for his work on Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994), The Lion in Winter (1968) and The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill But Came Down a Mountain (1995). He was married to Joan Stock, Carole Hagar and Doria Noar. He died on June 25, 2006 in London, England.

Spouse (3)

Joan Stock (1944 - ?) (divorced) (2 children)
Carole Hagar (? - ?) (divorced) (2 children)
Doria Noar (? - ?) (divorced) (1 child)

Trivia (14)

Besides Patrick McGoohan, he was the only other actor to appear in the finales of both Secret Agent (1964) and The Prisoner (1967).
Was a close friend of Peter O'Toole.
Was a friend of Patrick McGoohan during the 1960s.
He served in the RAF during WWII. He gained stage experience at the Old Vic and in repertory theatre. He went on to make more than 80 movies, mostly in character parts, many of them unsympathetic. He was also an authority on the Boer War.
In 1982, Griffith wrote and directed The Most Valuable Englishman Ever, exploring the life of Thomas Paine.
All three marriages ended in divorce. He had three sons and two daughters.
Griffith was very much a political animal with firmly held views on British imperialism. These were reflected in some no-holds-barred documentaries about Winston Churchill, Cecil Rhodes and Napoléon Bonaparte.
Did not enjoy the long rehearsal process and virtually abandoned the theatre to work solely in cinema and television.
The Welshman was encouraged to drop the "s" from his surname for professional reasons, because it sounded too British.
Father of Eva Griffith.
Was cast as "Berkley" in Where Eagles Dare (1968), but was replaced by Peter Barkworth.
President of a society for the emancipation of the Untouchables caste in India.
Avidly supported Sinn Fein.
Theatrical debut in 1937 at the Festival Theatre in Cambridge as Cinna the Poet in 'Julius Caesar'.

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